Tidbit Tuesday | A Year in Air Travel

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Last week we posted about local holiday travel, which got us thinking about  seasonal travel patterns more generally. This week, we put together a quick snapshot of a year’s passenger data from Philadelphia International Airport. We used 2012 numbers, since not all 2013 data are yet available.

The chart below indicates that PHL serves the most passengers during summer months. December 2012 was the 10th busiest month of the year (that is, only January and February had fewer passengers), suggesting that winter holiday travel pushes up air travel numbers less we might have thought. For a quick comparison, passenger data from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City show that the airport serves the most passengers in August and July, just like in Philly. At JFK however, December was the 7th busiest month of 2013.

TidbitTuesday-2013-12-30-airpassengersFor source data, check out:

Philadelphia International Airport –  http://www.phl.org/Business/ReportsPlans/Pages/activityReports.aspx

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey – http://www.panynj.gov/airports/traffic-statistics.html

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